Parallels Between Rick and Morty and Clerks: The Animated Series

I was watching the “Morty’s Mind Blowers” episode of Rick and Morty the other day. That episode, hopefully not giving any spoilers here, involves clips of things that Rick has removed from Morty’s memory, often at his request. Rick breaks the fourth wall to state that they’re basically going to have a clip show of material that viewers haven’t seen before. That seemed pretty funny.

But then I started thinking about the “The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments in Their Lives” episode of Clerks: The Animated Series. That episode was memorable for the fact that they were basically doing a clip show on the second episode of the series. All they had was the first episode to flash back to (and we don’t even really need to get into the fact that only 6 episodes of the series were ever made, and only two were aired, and out of order, and that the first episode was not aired before the second at all, giving them really nothing to flash back to). They flashed back to the first episode though, then to earlier in episode 2 itself, then just to seconds before, and then to stuff that never even happened. As such, they did a clip show of material viewers hadn’t seen before long before Rick and Morty.

Mind you, none of that matters. Rick and Morty did the concept in a very different way, and most new ideas are variants of old ideas anyway.  Perhaps the Rick and Morty writers remembered episode 2 of Clerks: The Animated Series, but perhaps not. It might be a total coincidence, and neither episode diminishes the merits of the other whether there was an influence or not.

I just thought it was funny that something reminded me of that old Clerks cartoon.


About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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